Controversies

Asking For a Raise

Microsoft CEO: 'I Was Completely Wrong' About Gender Comment

Satya Nadella says he was thinking of his own 22-year climb up Microsoft's corporate ladder, though he says now that he encourages women to speak up.
Branding

Taco Bell's New Sister Restaurant Apologizes for 'Communist' Logo

Vietnamese sandwich concept Banh Shop promises to change its logo after Vietnamese-Americans called out Taco Bell's parent company for the red star design.
Video Games

Long-Buried Atari Cartridges Are Being Offered Up for Public Auction

After being exhumed from a New Mexico landfill earlier this year, copies of the world's worst video game will now be up for auction.
Controversies

SeaWorld, Southwest Airlines Terminate Partnership Amid 'Blackfish' Fallout

While the companies chalked it up to 'shifting priorities,' the announcement comes on the heels of widespread urgings by animal activists.
Censorship

Facebook Says Cheerleader's Chilling Hunting Photos Violate Its Community Standards

Facebook has scrapped graphic images showcasing Kendall Jones' hunting conquests -- but not in response to public outcry, the company claims.
Company Culture

Open Carry Controversy: Businesses' New Rock and a Hard Place

Before your company takes a side on a controversial issue, consider these three things.
Branding

One Way to Turn Customers Into Raving Fans: Be Controversial

It's more powerful to be polarizing than it is to be neutral.
Controversies

Oh, Snap -- Evan Spiegel 'Mortified' by Vulgar Frat Emails

"If I hear one more freshman tell me how much they love Kappa Sigma," wrote Snapchat's 23-year-old founder (in one of his milder moments), "I'll probably get so excited I'll punch them in the face."
Advertising

Diet Coke Campaign Fizzles After Consumers Mock 'You're On Coke' Snafu

Diet Coke's new ad was looking to target a young, professional demographic, but after bloggers teased the beverage giant about a possible drug reference, the campaign, well, went flat.
Leadership

'Fit Mom' on Strategizing After Online Backlash

One fitness entrepreneur explains how she's using controversy – and a calm, steady hand -- to build a fitness movement.
Marketing

Lululemon Messes Up... Again

'You always hear the phrase that any PR is good PR. What we learned is that's not always the case,' the athletic clothing company's CFO admitted.
Growth Strategies

How A&E Ducked the Duck Dynasty Controversy

A&E suspended Phil Robertson from its most popular show over comments he made about homosexuality. In doing so, it missed an opportunity to let its customers decide.
Entrepreneurs

The Man Behind the 'Bible of Bro Culture'

Rude, crude, sexist and often mean-spirited, David Portnoy's Barstool Sports has become a go-to for young men. But can Portnoy continue to cash in on controversy?
Small Business Heroes

Could Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Cover Be a Smart Marketing Move?

For better or worse, controversy can draw attention to your brand.
Growth Strategies

Fracking Boom Divides Small Businesses

While some small companies benefit from the growth of fracking, a controversial oil- and gas-extraction process, critics fear it could do more harm than good.